AGRIBUSINESS: Resolution Would Not Prevent USDA Furloughs

Even with Congress poised to pass a continuing resolution that would give agencies flexibility to address spending priorities – congressional, agency and union officials say furloughs are still likely.

USDA spokesperson Courtney Rowe says more than 9,200 meat inspectors will still be forced to take 11 unpaid days starting in July and spread out through the end of the fiscal year. She says the $53 million in sequester cuts to the Food Safety and Inspection Service – which spends 87-percent of its budget on personnel – would not be offset by new flexibility.